Wednesday, December 4, 2013

World's Edge Arena Preview

I'm in the process of moving and my primary desktop PC is currently about 60 miles away in another city. Since I'm using my wife's laptop at the moment, I'm not working much on Corps and Criminals or the World's Edge Arena; though I could access those files via my Google Drive, I find it hard to get any actual work done while using this keyboard. Hopefully by next week I'll have my reliable computer set up at the new apartment and will be able to get back to work, but in the meantime I'll share some of the progress on World's Edge.

At this point, I've decided to make World's Edge Arena a micro-supplement for Psi-punk. It won't be a full 64 pages like Corps and criminals, but it will contain plenty of things to do, see, and fight. GMs will have a lot of new material for plot hooks and campaign ideas, and players may get a few cool ideas for characters to play who will fit into the setting.

As it stands right now, World's Edge is about 13 pages of unformatted text, which may translate into about 8 pages formatted. It currently contains a backdrop for the setting, including the arena itself, the nearby town of Punta arenas, Chile, and more.

The arena is structured like a television season, with each episode encompassing one fight. Since all of the matches are televised, it's a bit like a reality TV show with extra blood and gore.

Each contestant may be on a team of 1 to 8 warriors, and there are 8 teams per season. Each team begins their season with two separate matches against psionically-controlled, cybernetically-enhanced preadatory animals. if they survive the first two rounds, they go on to fight in a single-elimination tournament with the rest of the teams.

Wealth is earned for each match completed and is divided evenly amongst all team members, so people on smaller teams may earn more money. In addition to battling one another, each team also vies for the audience's favor and may gain special perks if they've managed to woo the audience enough.

With such a huge arena nearby to draw tourists, the nearby town of Punta Arenas is thriving more than ever. That also means there's a lot of new civil strife as wealthy foreigners show up and move into the town that was traditionally populated by old farm and factory workers with relatively little wealth. There's plenty to do and see around town, and there's plenty for mercenaries and vigilantes to do as well.

Interested in seeing everything there is so far? I've made the document available for viewing and commenting. Let me know what you think!

World's Edge Arena